Liverpool on alert as Bundesliga No.7 target rejects new contract

Liverpool could be set for another raid on Bundesliga outfit Schalke after doubts emerged about the future of Max Meyer

Reports in Germany suggest the midfielder has rejected a new deal with the German club.

The 22-year-old has been an integral part of Domenico Tedesco’s side this season, having adapted to a new role at the base of midfield.

But the German international is out of contract in the summer and the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and even Barcelona are circling. All have had him watched this season.

Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp took Joel Matip from the Veltins-Arena in the summer of 2016, after signing the defender to a pre-contract agreement.

Meyer was told last summer that Leon Goretzka was the club’s primary concern and that – amid cost-cutting measures – they couldn’t afford to keep both.

But with Goretzka having agreed a switch to join Bayern Munich on a free transfer this summer, club chiefs have sought to keep Meyer at the club, having changed their minds following his performances for the Champions League chasers this term.

However it has been claimed Meyer, who has been with the club for nine years, has rejected a £5million-a-year deal to stay on.

Schalke CEO Christian Heidel had been hopeful earlier this month that Meyer would elect to stay in Gelsenkirchen.

“Max is very happy here, Schalke is his home, we will try to make it him as comfortable financially as possible,” he said.

“He is playing the best season of his life, and the coach has found a position for him that Max didn’t believe he could play.”

But now, as they make plans for next season, Heidel has admitted: “At the moment, we’re still ready to talk, but we have to plan for the new season.

“Domenico Tedesco has formed the team around him, so that Max Meyer is now in an ideal position. That wasn’t the case before. He has to think, regardless of the economic aspect, ‘would I be in this position at another club?’”

Meyer captained Germany’s Under-21 side to European Championship glory last summer, and has also won four senior caps.